Buying a Norwegian Forest Cat: Tips before you buy

If you want to buy a Norwegian Forest Cat, there are a few basic tips to consider before purchasing. Then you will win a friendly family member with the big cat from the north who will give you much pleasure. The Norwegian forest cat is friendly and social, but needs a lot of exercise - Image: Shutterstock / Claudia Carlsen

The Norwegian Forest Cat is a large, original cat breed with half-long fur and a bushy tail. It was held by the Vikings and has changed little over the centuries. The Norwegian Forest Cat has a balanced nature and gets along well with humans as well as with other cats and even dogs.

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Before you buy a Norwegian forest cat, you need to be aware that this beautiful longhair cat needs a lot of activity and exercise. You should also buy the right cat scratching post for the large fur nose. Ceiling-high and stable specimens are best suited for active animals. Ideally, you can also provide your cat with free space. If you are afraid to leave your pedigree cat unattended, a large enclosure with a cat playground or a cat fence around the garden is a good option for safe trips.

You should also note the fact that the Norwegian Forest Cat is a very affectionate, social cat breed. The best thing is to keep two animals and offer the cat close family connections. In addition, regular hours of play should be on the program, such as for the fur nose in the following video:

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Grooming the Norwegian Forest Cat: Tips

The long fur of the Norwegian Forest Cat requires special care during the hair removal period. Be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time grooming long-haired cats in the spring. During this time, you should comb daily - preferably with a comb with rotating teeth. A combing spray also works well.

Tips for buying from the breeder

When you buy a Norwegian Forest Cat, a good breeder tests his animals for the recessive inherited diseases HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease) and GSD IV (glycogenic storage disease, a metabolic disorder) inherited from this breed. GSD IV only occurs in Norwegian forest cats and ends fatally after 14 months at the latest. A health certificate serves as proof that your house tiger has been tested negative for the breed-typical diseases.

The breeder should also provide you with vaccination papers and the pedigree of your velvet paw, as well as insist on a purchase contract. You can recognize dubious breeders by the fact that they not only do not have the health certificate and vaccination papers in stock, but are trying to sell you a pedigree cat without pedigree. In addition, those "multipliers" who want to earn money from black breeding without taking care of the animals are normally not members of a recognized cat breeders' association.